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Football looks to beat Tufts for fourth year in a row

Patrick Dugan '16 ran for 79 yards on 20 carries in his first start as Bates' quarterback on Sept. 21 against Trinity. Photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates football hosts its second game in as many weeks when it takes on Tufts as part of Parents & Family Weekend this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Garcelon Field. The Bobcats come off a narrow 28-17 loss to defending NESCAC champion Trinity last weekend, while Tufts is licking its wounds after a 52-9 loss at Wesleyan.

The Particulars

What: Bates College vs. Tufts University

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Garcelon Field | Lewiston, Maine

Live Stats: Bates Portal | Video: Bates Webcast

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All-Time Series: Tufts leads 57-16-3

Last Meeting: Bates 31, Tufts 23 (Somerville, Mass. | Sept. 29, 2012)

Bates Facts & Figures 

  • Bates has defeated Tufts in the last three meetings between the teams including a 31-23 win at Tufts in 2012, a 28-9 victory at home in 2011, and a 21-20 triumph on the road in 2010. The Bobcats' win over the Jumbos in 2010 marked the team's first victory over Tufts since 1985.
  • With his 23-yard field goal in the third quarter against Trinity last Saturday, senior kicker Charlie Donahue has now made 11 consecutive field goals spanning the 2011-13 seasons. He stands one field goal shy of tying the New England Division III record for consecutive field goals made over multiple seasons. Joe Mallock (Williams, 2011-12) is the current record holder with 12. Donahue already shares the N.E. DIII mark for consecutive made field goals in a season (9, 2012).
  • Senior running back Ryan Curit ran for a career-high 104 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries against Trinity. The South Portland, Maine, native eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau for the second time in his career. As a sophomore, Curit ran for 102 yards against Williams.
  • Junior linebacker Adam Cuomo recorded a career-high 15 tackles (12 solo) including 3.5 tackles for loss in the season opener. His tackle total tied for the high mark in the NESCAC in week one. In his first two seasons combined, Cuomo made 10 tackles (five solo).
  • Senior co-captain Shawn Doherty led the NESCAC in week one with 176 all-purpose yards on a career-high 91 rushing yards along with 85 kick return yards. It marked the fourth time in his career that Doherty has amassed over 170 all-purpose yards in a game.
  • Against Trinity, senior co-captain Andrew Kukesh made a career-high 15 tackles, including a personal-best 13 solo stops and two tackles for loss. The performance represented the fourth time in his career that Kukesh has compiled double-digit tackles in a game, and the first time he has registered 10 or more solo stops in a contest.
  • In the season opener, junior Mike Tomaino hauled in two passes for a career-high 64 yards including a 62-yard reception in the second quarter. Previously in his career, Tomaino had caught two balls for 46 yards.
  • At quarterback, sophomore Patrick Dugan made his first career start against Trinity, rushing for 79 yards on 20 carries. Junior Matt Cannone also took a number of snaps and attempted his first career pass, completing 2-of-5 throws for 64 yards on the day.
  • Junior linebacker Gilbert Brown intercepted a pass against Trinity – the fifth INT of his career – while classmate and fellow linebacker Pat Gilligan posted his first career interception. 

Bates Last Saturday 

The Bates football team led 17-14 at the start of the fourth quarter in its bid to upset NESCAC champion Trinity on Sept. 21, but the Bantams took advantage of three Bates turnovers in the final quarter to win their 10th straight contest, and 20th in a row over the Bobcats, by a 28-17 score before a crowd of 2,000-plus spectators at Garcelon Field in Lewiston, Maine, in the teams' season opener. 

NESCAC 2012 rushing champion Evan Bunker ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns for Trinity, while Ben Crick added 48 yards on 13 carries. A.J. Jones caught five passes for 46 yards. 

Ryan Curit ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 30 totes for Bates, which piled up 290 yards on the ground on 68 attempts against the conference's leading defense in five categories a year ago. Senior slotback Shawn Doherty gained 91 yards on 10 carries, and sophomore quarterback Patrick Dugan, who had never taken a varsity snap before the game, had 20 keepers for 79 yards. 

Bates rushed the ball 68 times out of 76 offensive plays, while Trinity carried the ball 49 times to go with 23 pass attempts. Both teams tallied an identical 354 yards of total offense. Henry Foye completed 9 of 13 passes for 95 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Chris Ragone that put the Bantams up by two possessions in the final quarter. 

Tufts Last Saturday 

The Tufts football team took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown, but host Wesleyan prevailed over the Jumbos 52-9 as the 2013 NESCAC season opened in Middletown, Conn., on Sept. 21. 

The game started at 6 pm and was played under the lights for the first night game in conference history. 

Jumbo junior QB Jack Doll completed his first five passes on Tufts' opening drive to bring the visitors to the Cardinal 44. He had an 18-yard completion to Greg Lanzillo to the 12. An eight-yard run by junior tailback Zack Trause and a seven-yard pass from Doll to sophomore tight end Xavier Frey gave Tufts a quick 7-0 lead. The drive went 10 plays for 77 yards in 2:45. 

On Wesleyan's first possession, the Jumbo defense made a strong stand after the Cardinals moved the ball to the Tufts three-yard line. Tackles by Tommy Meade, Matt McCormack and Junior Arroyo a 20-yard field goal by Sebastian Aguirre, making it 7-3 Jumbos. 

It was all Wesleyan from there, though. They scored touchdowns on their next four possessions to take a 31-7 lead on a two-yard touchdown run by LaDarius Drew with 8:12 remaining in the second quarter. Cardinal Kyle Gibson had scored on an 85-yard run earlier in the second stanza. 

Last Year's Meeting 

The Bates football team jumped out to second-half leads of 28-10 and 31-16 and rushed for 309 yards in a 31-23 victory at Tufts University's Ellis Oval/Zimman Field in Somerville, Mass., on Sept. 29, 2012, the Bobcats' third straight win over the Jumbos.

While Bates outrushed Tufts 309-7 -- the Bobcats' most yards on the ground since amassing 339 on Nov. 2, 2002 against Bowdoin -- the Jumbos turned to the air a team-record 71 times, with John Dodds completing 40 of 70 tosses for 363 yards. Dodds was picked off three times by the Bobcats, including one by Joe Dell'Erario that was returned 60 yards up the sideline for a touchdown to put Bates ahead 21-3 in the second quarter.

Five Bates backs ran for 44 yards or more, led by quarterback Trevor Smith, who ran 24 keepers for a net of 88 yards, then a personal record, with a touchdown. Smith threw 16 passes and completed eight of them for 78 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked three times.

Patrick George (14 carries, 64 yards, 1 TD), Teddy Downs (7 carries, 48 yards), Mac Jackson (7 carries, 45 yards) and Ryan Curit (6 carries, 44 yards, 1 TD) combined for 201 more rushing yards on 34 carries.